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Book Reviews: Enjoyed the story immensely, a great story of adventure and history. Clear insight into a rugged way of life for those building the west. The wagon crossing with its hardships, accidents, storms and battles is a page turner. The dialogue is effortless and believable. It is Delo at his best, a voice perfectly matched to the story and the relationships between people, relationships of events.—Joe Stadum, Walnut Creek, CA.


Heartbreak and Heaven

(c) 2008

by David M. Delo

Smashwords Edition


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At age twenty-one, in 1864, Martin McLaughlin went west because

he had no choice. The West, however, was no place for a greenhorn.


The wheel against which Martin had been pushing, crumbled. A voice shouted, “Martin! Look out!” As he glanced up, the freight load, caught by the force of the Platte River, accelerated toward his head.

There was no time to think. Martin grabbed what air he could and went under water. The wagon tipped his way, shutting out the light as its sideboards hit the surface. All the stays popped like break-aways on a ten-mule pack train, and the load tumbled into the river. Cases floated down stream. The wagon settled.

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